National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

November 29th, 2016 by

In support of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from Monday the 28th of November to Sunday the 4th of December, Safer Cornwall will be taking part in a week of action which will include providing advice on how to keep safe, and encouraging people to report any concerns.

Safer Cornwall will be asking anyone who has concerns about online material that they suspect to be extremist or terrorist, to report it by clicking on a distinctive red “STOP” button that can be found on the website

STOP stands for Stop Terrorists’ and extremists’ Online Presence.

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Steve Rowell from Safer Cornwall said “This part of the UK remains a very safe place to live, and we do not have any specific concerns at this time, but it is also important that our residents remain vigilant and are aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises.”

“Although there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent, the threat to the UK from international terrorism is currently assessed as ‘severe’, meaning that an attack is highly likely”.

The UK has been operating at this level since August 2014.

Throughout the week, Police and partner agencies will be issuing information on how to stay safe online. The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target vulnerable individuals.

Safer Cornwall is also reminding the public of the national ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ initiative, which sets out practical steps that can be taken in the event of a terrorist incident.“In the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack, RUN to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate.

“If there’s nowhere to go, then HIDE. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.

“TELL the police by calling 999 when it is safe to do so.”

National Counter Terrorism Policing (NCTP) launched a short public information film to support the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ initiative. We encourage the public to watch this video to remind themselves of how to stay safe.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film

If you see or hear anything unusual that could be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or report it directly to police by calling 101 or via the 101 email.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016: What’s the Impact?

November 18th, 2016 by

If 1 in 3 people are drinking above the recommended levels, what impact does that make?

Drinking too much as an individual, or across our communities, causes various harms.

Health Impact:

We know which health conditions related to alcohol put people in Hospital most often. The type of illnesses you may develop by regularly drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol could include:

  • cancers of the mouth, throat and breast
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • liver disease
  • brain damage
  • damage to the nervous system

The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink.

The less you drink, the lower the health risks.

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Who Pays?!

You may get lucky, and never suffer negative consequences if you drink more than is safe on the odd occasion.

But if we all continue to accept drinking above recommended levels, this undeniably causes increased burden on the NHS and treatment services, as well as causing problems for employers.

Alcohol also affects the criminal justice system, as well as the families and communities affected by alcohol related crime or violence.

Ultimately, this affects all of us, as these responses and services are paid for by normal tax payers like us!

£21 billion per year comes out at over £300 per adult per year in taxes that go to NHS funding, Police and Criminal Justice costs, and emergency responses, as well as the loss of earnings and costs to employers, and the personal impact on families and communities.

This is quite a cost, all at a time when money for public services – as well as cash to pay family bills – is much less than anyone would like.

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Ok, what if it’s only once in a while?

Research estimates that binge drinking increases:

  • The average number of daily injury-related A&E admissions by 8%

(equivalent to 2,504 additional daily admissions nationally).

  • The daily average of road accidents by 17%

(equivalent to 82 additional accidents per day nationally).

  • The average number of alcohol-related arrests by 45%

(equivalent to 786 additional arrests per day nationally).

  • The number of police officers on duty by around 30%

(equivalent to an additional 3.2 police officers on duty at the weekend for every 10,000 people in the country).

This means that:

  • At 2014 prices, the cost of these effects of binge drinking amounts to roughly £4.86 billion per year, which is about £77 per year for each of us.
  • Current and proposed policies to regulate alcohol sales and consumption don’t make up for this economic impact.

Research into Binge drinking costs.

If you know that you already need help, support or treatment for yourself or someone else, please call Addaction Cornwall on:

0333 2000 325

Recommended safe alcohol drinking levels.

How can I check if I’m drinking too much?

 

 

 

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016: Time to Check?

November 18th, 2016 by

If you want to check that you can enjoy alcohol while staying in control and not damaging your health, here are 8 things you could try …

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NHS advice on alcohol.
App: Drinkstracker App.

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‘How Are You?’ test, plus links to local support if needed.

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Drinkaware.

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Email address for Phil – the ‘Promoting Health Information Line': cornwall.phil@nhs.net

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Here they all are on one image:

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Alcohol Awareness Week 2016: How Much?!

November 18th, 2016 by

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016
44 – 20th November

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As you may have heard, in January this year the guidance for recommended healthy alcohol limits was updated by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer.

The new guidance states that the levels for both men and women are now the same – which is to drink 14 units a week at the most, and to spread these units evenly over 3 or more days.

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This message can be seen by clicking here.

The reason for the change – which recommends the same amount for both men and women for the first time – is that it’s now known that the risk of alcohol related cancers is the same for both men and women.

A ‘Cancer Research‘ survey suggests that most people don’t know this:

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Many adults drink alcohol at levels that damage their health in the short and long-term, with as many as 1 in 3 people in the South West drinking too much alcohol, whilst remaining unaware of it (Public Health Action, 2015).

So, if the current guidance suggests that it’s unhealthy to drink more than 14 units each week, what does that mean in normal ‘drinking English’?

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‘Bingeing’ is also not good for us, so we shouldn’t save up and drink all 14 units in one session, and we should aim for at least 3 alcohol free days each week.

While sensible drinking for relaxation, enjoyment and sociability is a normal and positive part of life for most of us, it’s also clear to see that drinking too much alcohol has many possible harmful effects.

Some of these are behavioural and can cause problems in relationships or through crime, or can even affect our employment. Other impacts cause health problems. As well as causing personal struggles and tragedies, the medical treatment then costs a lot for our health services, paid for by all of us.

The theme of Alcohol Concern’s Awareness Week 2016 will look focus on alcohol and health, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol. Nationally, Alcohol Concern will be looking at these themes:

Monday 14th November          Alcohol and cancer
Tuesday 15th November          Alcohol and depression
Wednesday 16th November    Alcohol and dementia
Thursday 17th November        Alcohol and breast cancer
Friday 18th November             Alcohol and diabetes
Saturday 19th November         Alcohol and hypertension
Sunday 20th November           Alcohol and brain damage

This is Alcohol Concern’s website for this campaign.

You can also follow it on the hashtags #AAW2016 and #KnowTheRisks

Here is Cornwall’s alcohol messaging.

If you know that you already need help, support or treatment for yourself or someone else, please call Addaction Cornwall on:

0333 2000 325.

 

 

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Domestic Abuse Awareness Week

November 7th, 2016 by

Safer-Cornwall-LogoSafer Cornwall will be supporting Domestic Abuse Awareness Week by holding a number of public events throughout the county from Monday 21 to Friday 25 November.

The week will be a celebration of the effective partnership working between the public, private and voluntary sector organisations across Cornwall, the primary aim of which is to continually improve community safety across the county.

Safer Cornwall partners will be providing information to the public on the range of services they offer and how they can support individuals who may know of someone experiencing domestic abuse or those who are experiencing it themselves.

Michelle Davies, Strategy Lead for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence said: Last year approximately 8500 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the police in Cornwall.   In addition, during the same period, the specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence services have received over 6300 referrals from individuals wanting support and advice. Domestic abuse is often described as a ‘hidden crime’ or happening ‘behind closed doors’; we want those impacted to come forward, from behind those doors and to access the support available. National Domestic Abuse Awareness Week is an opportunity for all services to highlight the wide range of fantastic support that is on offer and stand side-by-side to show our commitment to a zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall”.

This year Safer Cornwall’s focus for Domestic Abuse Awareness week is people aged 60+. Older people experiencing domestic abuse can face particular barriers to accessing appropriate support services and so it is important to raise awareness of the specific needs of such victims.

The launch of Domestic Abuse Awareness week will be at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station on Monday 21 November and is open to the public. A highlight of the morning will be The Upbeat Dreamers, an over-60s choir from Newquay Age UK day centre, setting off the week with upbeat singing open to all to attend.

Other events that are open to the public all week are;

  • Tuesday 22 November – multi-agency attendance giving information, advice and support in the Trelawney Wing entrance and coffee shop at RCHT from 1000 – 1600
  • Wednesday 23 November – multi-agency attendance giving information, advice and support at Falmouth Age UK Day Centre from 0900 – 12noon
  • Thursday 24 November – multi-agency attendance giving information, advice and support at Newquay Age UK Day Centre from 1000 – 1300
  • Friday 25 November – multi-agency attendance giving information, advice and support at St John’s Hall, Penzance from 1000 – 1300.

whiteribbonDevon & Cornwall police will be launching their White Ribbon campaign at the start of the morning to coincide with national White Ribbon day which is on November 25. It will also be International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Communities said: Domestic Abuse is a blight on the lives of some families and violent actions can have repercussions not just for the victim but also the wide family unit. Tackling this criminal act and offering vital support to those affected is a key priority for our Community Safety team, the Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Paul Walker Chief Fire Officer and Chair of Safer Cornwall said: Across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we believe that addressing domestic abuse and sexual violence is essential to creating safer, resilient and healthier communities. We recognise that the impact of abuse is widespread; affecting victims, their families and children and also the wider community. Raising awareness of the widespread impact of abuse as well as increasing knowledge of the available services to provide advice, support and help is an important and valued area of work for our Service and partners. My thanks to all involved in Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.”

For more information on Domestic Abuse please visit www.safercornwall.co.uk

 

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For support or advice contact REACH (Risk Evaluation and Coordination Hub) 0300 777 4 777

White Ribbon Day

November 7th, 2016 by

National White Ribbon Day is on Friday 25 November.

The White Ribbon campaign is where thousands of people are making a commitment to play their part in standing up to condemn violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. They are also encouraging men to talk in schools, workplaces, and places of worship about the problem of violence. Join them now by making a personal pledge to support the campaign.

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For more information visit http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/

“Have Your Say” Survey

November 6th, 2016 by

have-your-say-newThe “Have Your Say” survey   asks for your opinions on Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in your local area. The information in this survey will be used in order to understand the issues that matter to residents in your area. Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service are responsible for tackling Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour alongside our partners in the Safer Cornwall Community Safety Partnership.

Please be assured your replies will remain anonymous and be treated in the strictest of confidence.  It will only be used to monitor and improve the standard of service we provide.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: